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 How it Works

 

PhoneMyPC is a suite of two applications. One runs on your Android phone, the other on your PC(s). When you use the features of the applicaiton from your phone, the phone is communicating with the sotware in the PC to perform the requested actions.

Secure Reliable Communication

Using PhoneMyPC, both your phone and your PC(s) connect to our secure hosted servers via industry leading Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. Communicating through the secure host allows the phone and the PC to communicate, even when both are protected by firewalls and other security technology. This makes PhoneMyPC ideal for corporate and other security conscious users. Note: SSL is temporarily disabled until the Beta ends; this makes it possible for all versions of PhoneMyPC to continue to work while we finalize the Beta program. SSL will be back soon. Also note: this means your session traffic could be inspected by a hacker inside your network, although this is difficult, but your computer is quite safe from unauthorized use.

Privacy

Commands from your phone, and image data from your PC passes through our servers when you use the features of PhoneMyPC. However, your private data is never inspected, processed or retained on our servers beyond what is necessary to send it to your other device.

We keep some usage statistics which we use to scale our infrastructure and to improve our services, but no statistics are associated with your account. In other words, we retain no record of your use of the applications.

Optimized Network Use ** IMPORTANT **

Once the phone and PC begin to communicate, they share network configuration information and attempt to find a faster comunication path. For example, if the PC is accessible from the internet, PhoneMyPC will connect your phone directly to the PC over the internet, removing our host from the communication path and improving performance with a private connection. If the phone is using WIFI and it is on the same nework as the PC, PhoneMyPC will connect your phone directly to the PC over the local network for the absolute best performance and quality.

How to enable Direct-Connect

To enable direct-connect within your LAN:

Make sure your Windows Firewall allows incoming connections on TCP port 49300 (or other, as configured on the Advanced tab of the PhoneMyPC PC application) and make sure WIFI is enabled on your phone and that it can connect to your WIFI network.

To enable direct-connect from the internet:

Make sure your Windows Firewall allows connections on TCP port 49300 (or other, as configured on the Advanced tab of the PhoneMyPC PC application) and make sure your router forwards port 49300 to your PC.